annie proulx

Annie Proulx

Posted on January 18, 2015

She didn’t publish her first book until she was 55, but she’s had an amazing career since then, winning the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for fiction. Her short story “Brokeback Mountain” was turned into one of the most talked about movies of all time.

Aug. 22, 1935
Edna Annie Proulx is born in Norwich, Connecticut.

1950s
Attends Colby College but does not graduate.

1966
Goes back to college, enrolling at the University of Vermont.

1969
Graduates from the University of Vermont cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History.

1973
Receives her M.A. from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Quebec.

1992
Her first novel, Postcards, is published.

1993
Her second novel, The Shipping News, is published.

1994
The Shipping News wins both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

1995
Movies to Arvada, Wyoming. In an interview with Planet Jackson Hole she says: “In travels across the country decades ago I recognized Wyoming as my place to write. The long sight lines and landscape that called me to walk and explore it loosened ideas, created images and even sentences and phrases. I would have moved here much earlier than 1995, but I had a responsibility to my mother in New England. Six weeks after she died I came to Wyoming.”

Oct. 13, 1997
The New Yorker publishes her short story, “Brokeback Mountain.”

1998
Wins the O. Henry award for best short story of the year for “Brokeback Mountain.”

June 22, 1999
The New Yorker publishes the first half of her short story, “The Mud Below.”

June 29, 1999
The New Yorker publishes the second half of her short story, “The Mud Below.”

1999
Wins the O. Henry award for best short story of the year for “The Mud Below.”

1999
Publishes a collection of short stories called Close Range: Wyoming Stories. It includes both “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Mud Below.”

2005
The film version of Brokeback Mountain is released, directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams. About seeing it, Proulx tells the Village Voice: “It was marvelous, huge. I’m not sure I can put into words the sensation of seeing something you’ve written years ago rear up in monstrous size before you.”

March 5, 2006
Attends the Academy Awards, where Brokeback Mountain is nominated for eight awards.

March 11, 2006
Writes an essay entitled “Blood on the Red Carpet” for the UK Guardian newspaper lamenting the fact that Brokeback Mountain lost the Best Picture award to Crash, which she refers to jokingly as “Trash.”

2007
Composer Charles Wuorinen tells her he wants to turn “Brokeback Mountain” into an opera.

Sept 14, 2008
She publishes Fine Just the Way It Is, a collection of short stories set in Wyoming.

Jan. 18, 2014
The opera Brokeback Mountain premieres at the Teatro World in Madrid, Spain with the libretto written by Proulx.

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